About

Art and stuff.
I am neither an artist nor an art historian. I just love art.

I am the founder of T’Art Club:

“Art is a dialogue – a living, growing, breathing language – and it’s great to have people around who you can have that dialogue with.”  ~ Gavin Turk

“T’Art Club is for lovers.
Whether you’re a doer or a viewer, if you’ve ever thought “That’s good/crap/Damien Hirst should be arrested for theft”, this is the place for you.
Please feel free to contribute your own stuff: work, work-in-progress, details of coming exhibitions, reviews (your own or from the media); anything at all you find interesting, enlightening, or just plain daft, and would like to share. Seriously, anything.
No miserable sods allowed. (By order.)”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/tartclub/

Now on Twitter: @tartclub

13 thoughts on “About

  1. I’ve often wondered why I paint, the reason for art itself…Why do we need to express ourselves with color or any other object, when we are free (most of us) to use words. A couple of years ago I came across an article from an essay on google library. The writer, whose name I forgot, had a very interesting opinion about these particular questions. He explained that art was a way for the artist to reorganise the world. I like that definition. I would also go as far as to say that it’s a language. That each artist has his/her “patois”. Maybe that would explain why people often say “it speaks to me” or not, when in front of an art work. However, I also think that if the “spectator” needs a “translator” to understand the art displayed infront of him, then it’s a failure. Art in a way has to speak for itself. Don’t you think ?

    • ! absolutely agree, any art form is a language, be it paint, words, music, whatever… and as with any language we have to learn how to speak and read it… this is where the ‘experts’ – teachers, critics, historians etc come in, I think. Once you’re familiar with the language, then yes indeed, the art should be allowed to speak for itself. A poem may have a very different meaning for me than it has for you, and both are valid. That’s why I think it’s redundant to ask an artist to impose meaning on a work: once it’s out there it belongs to all of us, to ‘interpret’ as we will.
      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Appreciate it.

  2. thanks for liking my post showing my oil pastel and oil paintings.

    Your ‘About’ page really touched me. As a lifelong artmaker, I hadn’t considered that people not directly involved with the arts might want a closer relationship to them, and creativity at large. And doing what you are doing on this blog is not only supportive but intensely creative.

    Incidentally, you might like the TED talk by David Kelley called , ‘How to build your creative confidence’. He effectively challenges the idea that artists have the creativity and everyone else doesn’t.

    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I’m no artist myself – leave that to my husband – and have no ‘urge’ to be one. I do, however, enjoy art immensely; viewing it, thinking about it, reading about it, and, when I have the time, writing a bit about it.
      I saw the Kelley vid just the other day, and very fine it is too. I’ve never thought of myself as ‘creative’, but I guess all art is debate of sorts, and I do try and contribute to that in my own small way. So thank you! I really appreciate that, coming from a ‘doer’!
      And your pastel is gorgeous.

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